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DATE: 14 MAR 04
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/OD/SING TAO/THE SUN/
TITLE: JIANG HU WRAPPED UP WITH A CELEBRATION CEREMONY

A wrapping up ceremony was held last night for Jiang Hu at Kowloon Wan Amoy Shopping center. There was lion dance to wish the box office hitting 80 mil. Andy, one of the bosses, wrote calligraphy Jiang Hu 2 words. 10 over actors including Jacky, Shawn, Lam Ka Tong attended. Edison & the young director were absent. It attracted a thousand over onlookers & 100 over media.

Boss Eric indicated the ceremony was held at Amoy to tell all that the area is back to normal. It was badly hit by SARS last year. Andy was the first artiste to come to Amoy bowling in support after SARS.

It was reported that Andy Hui self-introduced to act in a movie by Kwun Jin Peng but Kwun said he wont be using Andy Hui. Andy admitted Kwun had contacted him, but he has to see the script before making any commitment. When told the shooting will begin in Sept, he said he has concert in Sept. All his filming will stop in June so he can prepare for the concert.

On the court case in TW, Andy said, "Actually that plane during filming was already damaged. The boss said he will settle it. Never have I known it has gone to the court. Maybe it is just my fate, lately I have many court cases. Hope everything will be over soon." He is prepared to go TW to attend court if need be.

Edison who had a beast-man love-making scene was not present. Eric said it took him v long to persuade Edison to do it. He promised it wont be R rated. It was only an act & not real . Shwan said he will agree to act too, as the director said the after effect is satisfactory. Shawn had a steaming scene with the new actress in the movie.

SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: ANDY INVITED LAM KA TONG BOWLING TO FORGET WORRIES

Andy is troubled by many court cases. But he is taking it easy. Other than continuing to shoot movies, he stole time to go bowling with Lam ka Tong.

At abt 5 pm the other day, he & his asst, Lam , a gp of 4, went bowling at Olympia City. All of them came geared with private balls & shoes. Andy was in relax sport wear. A bearded Lam was well toned with big biceps.

They divided themselves to 2 gps. Andy was with his asst.As reputed Andy is good, in every set he had 3 to 4 full strikes.

Lams skill was passable. But Andy's asst is good too, scoring over 200 points. They won easily. Later Andy challenge Lam alone. Andy scored 180 over at the highest while Lam scored 160 over. Andy beat Lam after 3 sets.


DATE: 13 MAR 04
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SING TAO/THE SUN/
TITLE: ANDY RELAXES & CONTINUES WITH SHOOTING DESPITE BEING ASKED 3 MILLION

2 nights ago Andy was at a deserted section of the old Keik Teck airport shooting the new movie 'Wit Pitting of The Man & Woman'. He was wearing a cap with a casual attire. Shooting began at 9pm & ended at 12 mn.

The scene was abt Andy who has excellent skill driving a car at a temporary actor. The actor was hit & flung across the wired fence beside the road. There were 2 70 ft tall cranes helping the temp actor. Many takes of Andy up & down the car was made.

As danger was lurking around at the spot too, Andy was seen attempting to escape.

Andy mood was high. After the make-up, he had warm up exercises by the roadside, stretching, kicking, & climbing up the fence agilely. When the reporters yelled asking him if he was angered by the court case in Taiwan ? He smiled in a couldn't-be-bothered attitude.

He laughed & chatted frequently with To. After every take he looked at the playback. When he was not on the set, he rested against the fence, sipping drinks. The temp actor acted as the mysterious man was seen on wire flying across the road. Andy demonstrated time & again the difficult actions & gave pointers. The onlookers teased that he is Instructor Lau.

It seemed it was just an ordinary take, but he was serious too.

Sammi was not at the location.

SOURCE: SUDDEN WEEKLY # 450
TITLE: ANDY ASKING FOR IT ON BEING VAIN

Andy & Jacky in Jiang Hu had both hair extensions done. 9 out of 10 feel Jacky's broom head looked better than Andy's messy look. Just for that, it was no wonder the few days when Andy was not on the set, he took off the hair extensions, free for a few days was worth it !

But he has to pay for being vain. Last Wed (3/3) he filmed a scene with Jacky at Amaronis rest. The filming time was 3 am. But he was there at 1230 am. Why was he so early ? To do his hair extensions!

After washing his hair, he clip up half of the hair, with a mirror, bunch by bunch he clip the hair up. Then he blew the hair dry. he was like a professional hairdresser. Who ask him to be so vain !

It took him 2 hrs to do the hair extensions!

[wahahaha....]

SOURCE: HKCD

23rd HKFA will be held on 4 April. The trailer for the promotion was launched yesterday. Some actors attended the ceremony at HK Movie Museum.

The trailer was abt 30 sec. It was on a scene taken from IA. Eric & Andy were exchanging goods at the cinema. Andy asked why every time was in the cinema, Eric said the cinema was quiet, no one watched movie. Jacky appeared suddenly & said, 'Don't worry, I like to watch movies!' it was followed by clips on the 5 nominated Best Films & the audience.....


DATE: 12 MAR 04
SOURCE: EASYFINDER #633
TITLE: THE MOST THRILLING IN THE HISTORY EDISON'S BEAST-MAN LOVE MAKING IN JIANG HU

On March 2 , Edison was filming a gory scene at Central. He disclosed he was shooting a scene that was to be the most thrilling in HK movie history! Just how thrilling it was, the director kept mum, but Easy Finder gathered news that the scene involved only males, Edison was bashed up by the gangsters with bricks until he was all bruised on the head & face. He was then forced to perform a love-making scene with a bitch, before he was released. At abt 430 am, a dog was dragged into the tunnel, most probably used in the act.

….. The story is abt gangland head Hong (Andy) who was thinking of retiring, but because of his position, retiring means a death sentence.

It was then rumored that within 24 hrs he would be killed, the one who betrayed him was one of his subordinates. His left-handed man who was always loyal vowed to find out who the traitor was.

The young Yu ( Edison) had always wished to have fame & worked to be the head one day & chose to be the assassin of Hong. To help him in accomplishing his dream, Turbo (Shawn) was involved in a love affair with a prostitute…

SOURCE: OD/APPLE DAILY/THE SUN
TITLE: AMDY BEING ASKED TO PAY 2.8 MIL

7 years ago Andy filmed a movie called Island of Greed in Taiwan. There was a scene of him jumping from a helicopter. De An Airlines filed a lawsuit claiming Andy spoilt the helicopter & is seeking a compensation of HK$2.8 mil.

The case was heard yesterday at the municipal court. The judge does not rule out the possibility of calling Andy in for the hearing to describe the sequence of events. Andy was represented by his lawyer yesterday, while the main movie producer Wang Zhong Zheng attended court himself. On Andy being embroiled in this case, he said, "Andy is innocent." He declined to disclosed details on the hearing.

When Andy was contacted, he said, "It is handled by the movie co, I am not sure abt the details, I have nothing to say."

The movie was shot in Oct 97. There was a scene when he had to chase Leung Ka Fei. The helicopter was rented at a fee of HK18,000 an hr from De An Airlines.

At the hearing, it was said that during filming, the blades hit the lighting was set up at the lower part of the airplane. De An co however claimed it was Andy who jumped from the back seat to the front seat, from front seat to outside the plane that his butt hit against the control gear leading to the damage.

Andy's lawyer denied Andy was linked to the damage. The plane dropped into he sea 7 yrs ago, there is no way of examining the cause of damage, so the lawyer may call Andy in to describe the details.

Mrs Heung when contacted said Andy is only an actor & has nothing to do with the damage. The insurance was bought by Yong Sheng Movie co , she does not understand why De An is not asking from the insurance co instead.

When the movie was screened in TW in 97, it was rumored that Andy will be kidnapped. Mrs heung was sorry that the movie has caused so much trouble for Andy. She has told Andy that the case has nothing to do with him.

EMBRIOLED IN COURT CASES 6 YEARS

Hang Seng Bank---in 99 Andy filed a lawsuit to sue the bank for using his pic without his permission to issue credit & bank cards. The bank argued that TVB has the right to the pic , so there is no violation of rights. Andy lost the case & had to pay 7 mil legal fee.

Clement Mak---in 02 April Andy & his Teamwork partner had a split. In June Mak sued Andy for 150 mil. while Andy filed to ask for a salary of HK$150,000. In June last yr Mak demanded an apology from Andy, Andy did so 2 days later.

Catchy Entertainment---In Nov 03 Catchy stopped Andy from singing the theme song of IA3. In Jan it sued Andy for 2.2 mil. Famous Legend counter sued with 1.2 mil debt. …


DATE: 11 MAR 04
SOURCE:APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/WEN WEI PO/THE SUN
TITLE: HKFA LAUNCHES SPECIAL EDITION

23rd HKFA will be held on the 4th of April. A limited special edition on the event has been made, under the hand of the famous photographer Wing Shya. The edition has 20,000 copies, each with 200 pages & will be open for sale to the public soon. The nominees for Best Actor & Actress in support of HK movies, took time off to go for the historical photo shoots. The pic are used as covers.

2 sections have been added to the special edition, one is to look back at 23 yrs of the industry, with interviews of Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau & Wu Si Yuan etc famous movie persons. The other section looks at the closer ties between China & HK movies. The chairman said the edition is produced with high cost & hopes to get more advertisers to sponsor.

TITLE: ANDY DARES NOT USE HIS NAME FOR CAR PLATE

Mr Henry Tang, the Finance Secretary of HK in tackling budget deficit & tax reform implemented some measures, one of which is to give more allowance to the car plates of the owners. From the present 2 alphabets it is increased to 4, a total of not more than 8 alphabets & nos. Many rich & famous like to use their names as car plates. Many in the circle applause the move. But Andy for safety reasons would not use his own name.

Andy has owned the car with plate beginning with AL, he is not thinking of changing it. He quipped, "How would anyone be so silly as to use his own name as car plate ? I am not afraid of the doggie pack, as they already know my car plate, I am worried abt being trailed by the robbers."


DATE: 10 MAR 04
SOURCE:APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/WEN WEI PO
TITLE: ANDY TOOK TIME OFF TO ATTEND THE PREMIERE

2 nights ago Andy took time off from dubbing for Jiang Hu to attend the premiere of movie 'Life & Death Rapid Transit' at Exhibition Hall. The movie is a posthumous work of Ko Shou Liang, who directed & acted in the movie. Ko You Lun, Ko Shou Liang's eldest son, male lead Richie Ren & many others in the circle attended. Andy stayed for a short while.

Andy had hair extensions done when he filmed Jiang Hu. The long hair made him look fierce so he has no intention of keeping hair long. The movie has exceptionaly good out-station market. An 8-min trailer is used for outstation selling. Eric indicated once the movie hits the screen they can take back the capital. Andy who is part boss said he wont be happy until the contract is signed, but the fee is v satisfactory.

It was said all his previous movies do not made money, is he having better foresight now? He replied actually his recent movies such as AFB, FTK, make money, just that some of the old movies with a high production cost, such as Moon Worrier, was the most expensive costing 48 mil to make, but box office in HK was only 28 mil. Luckily the movie is still selling to outstations.

The trail run of shooting of the new movie with Sammi is currently underway, but Sammi is yet to appear. Did she go to 'borrow luck', as said ? Andy quipped it was he who asked her to start work later, she went to borrow luck for him. But Andy is a Buddhist, does he believe in this ? He mused that he is just joking, he said one shd be contented with what one has, there is no need to do so. If there is a need, then everyone shd borrow luck for HK!


DATE: 9 MAR 04
SOURCE: O D
TITLE: ANDY WENT BOWLING INSTEAD

2 nights ago Star East held a 100 people buffet to celebrate wrapping up of Jiang Hu. The movie has finally wrapped up under the corporation of all the staff. There were 3 cakes, 2 to celebrate the bdays of the new female lead Lin Wan, & another staff, the other was to wish the young director's future success with the movie. Alan Tam was present, while Andy & Jacky were both absent. Andy was at Tong Lor Wan bowling. He said, "It is the staff wrapping up dinner, there will be an official one for the reporters, I will then attend."

Jacky said he had work to do & will attend the one on the 13th. 5 roles of negatives were lucky to have left intact, according to Eric. No retakes is needed. Lin Wan said she has learnt a lot by looking at Andy & Jacky's acting from the side.

SOURCE: THE SUN
TITLE: PENG TENG HUI TO INVITE ANDY IN MOVIE

Peng Teng Huai, the face-change guru disclosed that he is looking into a movie script, temporarily called The Legend of Face-change King. He is thinking of getting Andy to act as lead. There will be no show of face-change, it is abt an artiste life story & the succession of the art.


DATE: 8 MAR 04
SOURCE: SING PAO
TITLE: ANDY AS DOCTOR TO OPERATE ON SIAMESE TWINS IN A MALAYSIAN MOVIE

Accordingly to a newspaper report from Malaysia, a Malaysian movie co is planning to film a movie based on Siamese twins. The investment of M$700,000 is higher than any other Malaysian movie by 5 fold. The storyline is on the process of operating the twins. The one to act as the surgeon will be Andy Lau. The co is actively contacting Andy for a date. Hopefully in Sept this first Asian movie filmed in Malaysia will materialise.

Exclusive interviewed by Guang Ming Daily, Chang Qiu Fa, the movie producer admitted plans are underway to film the movie. The first choice is Andy Lau, other than his popularity, his healthy image is another factor. Andy just needs to give them 2 weeks. The whole movie will be film in Malaysia.

There will be 2 versions, one Chinese & one Malaysian. The Chinese version will be screened in China, HK & TW etc. In the Malaysian version he will speak mainly in English.

If Andy is unable to make it in Sept, the co is willing to give in to his available time slot. The reply is expected to be in a month's time. If Andy is unable to make it, they will still get one of Heavenly status.

Andy always try new roles in movies, not sure if he will agree this time to act as a dr?

The make-up artiste is said to be from LOTR. The female lead as twins will be the new actress Maya Karin & her sister.

Andy has much affinity with Malaysia, he goes there the most often, other than holding concerts, he had filmed with Kenny B & Li Yi Hong in movie, he had recorded a Malay song in 98 .

Andy will also be filming a movie with the Korean actress in Seven Swords.


DATE: 7 MAR 04
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/OD/MING PAO
TITLE: OLD-FASHIONED ANDY RACING CAR AT MID NIGHT

2 nights ago at abt 11pm, Andy was @ Kai Teck Golf course for the filming of a trial run of the new movie. Directed by Johnnie To, the movie is on a female thief pitting wits with a male police.

The golf course was booked for filming. Reporters were barred from entering.

Andy was seen wearing a pickpocket's cap, with a top & long pants. He was filming a car racing scene negotiating a corner.

After wearing his gloves, he boarded the car to practise turning corner. The workers rushed to check the car anxiously every time he stops. Peter Lam paid a visit & stayed till 1 am.

Sammi rumored to be ill with asthma after Andy Hui openly ended their love affair, & was said to have put on weight & rumored thinking of retiring was absent. The manager said she will start filming in the middle of the month.

SOURCE: OD
TITLE: ANDY WILLING TO BE GREEN LEAF FOR JACKY

Other than pouring his 10 mil fee as production cost for Jiang Hu, Andy had privately swooped roles with Jacky. He is looking at the movie as a whole, & hopes the movie will make Jacky stands out.

"Right from the beginning I notice the script is v special. Actually what I have in mind was as investment. But Eric told me to choose the role of Jacky's. Even Jacky thought I will pick that role to act. But I feel the whole movie shd support him, I am thinking of doing something good." Said Andy.

He added that fans not only trusts his acting, they will also trust his foresights. What hopes he harbors for Jiang Hu? Answered, "There are 4, one is on Jacky, one on Shawn & Edison the 2 newcomers, 3rd is on the script, 4th is the Art Directing. " It can be seen the amt of hopes he has, with no selfish thoughts.

SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/O D /HKCD/TA KUANG PAO/WEN WEI PO

4th annual Mandarin Movie Media awards , organized by a media in Mainland China, touted to be China Oscars, will be held on the 20th April in Shenzhen. It is the only event that incorporates movies from Hk & TW in the Mainland movie awards. Close to a 100 movies that were screened in China in 2003 were contenders. Panel of judges come from China, HK & TW. It aims to be the most important movie event in China. The event is divided to 2 sections, HK & TW movies & Mainland movies.

4 Best Awards will be given out, namely Best in Mainland, Best in HK & TW, Media Panel Award & Most Popular in HK & TW.

List of nominations was published yesterday.

Of HK & TW movies, IA2 has the highest nominations of 11. ROK has 8. PTU & IA3 have 6.

Nominations for best Film—IA2, PTU, ROK, Lost In Time, Public Toilet.

Best Directors—Andrew Lau (IA2), Er Tong Shen (Lost In Time), Fruit Chan (Public Toilet), Johnie To & Wai Ka Fei (ROK) & (Johnnie To (PTU) .

Best Actor—Simon Yam (PTU), Andy Lau (ROK), Francis Ng (IA2), Tony Leung (Colors of Sight ? ) , Lau Qing Wan ( Lost In Time).

Cecilia was nominated as Best Actress twice with movies ROK & Lost In Time.


DATE: 6 MAR 04
SOURCE: SUDDEN WEEKLY #449
TITLE: LOVING THE DOLPHIN

SOURCE: THE SUN
TITLE: RUMORED HOLLYWOOD IA COMBINES 3 IN 1

Andrew Lau returned from the States 2 days ago. He was called to discuss the filming of Hollywood version of IA. It was rumored that Hollywood intents to combine IA with IA2 & 3 as one. Andrew said it is still being studied. No details have been finalized. He of course hopes IA3 can go to Hollywood market. He will go again later! Leonardo DiCaprio is in the process of signing to act in Tony's role.

SOURCE: O D

2003 Top Chinese Stars In The World chart was out earlier on. 100 stars from HK, Mainland & TW were listed accordingly to popularity. Jay Chou tops the list with more than 5 mil votes, followed by Andy with more than 4 mil votes. Nicholas Tse , Faye Wong, Ah Tu, Leslie Cheung, Sun Yan Zhi, Cecilia Cheung, Kelly Chen & Sammi were the next 8 in order of merit.

Andy who has been in the circle 20 over yrs, is popular for the same period of time. His perseverance, attitude towards his work won the highest evaluation. His charisma is captivating both on & off the stage .


DATE: 5 MAR 04
SOURCE:APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/SING TAO/WEN WEI PO/HKCD
TITLE: ANDY WILL NOT SET UP COMPANY WITH OTHERS AGAIN

Andy filed a law suit to the High Court yesterday to sue Catchy for breach of contract. He had under his name & his related co, A & D Limited, signed a Recording Agreement with Catchy on 27 June 02. Andy is applying court order to recognize termination of the contract & demand compensation from Catchy.

At Tseung Kwun O TVB studio 2 nights ago for the recording of Sally Yeh Special, he was asked on the news that Catchy has sought settlement with him. Said he, "Before the matter is handed over to the lawyer, I have given her a lot of chances to talk things out face to face, but she refused. Now it is handed over to the lawyer, I have to stick to the rules. I will settle it the correct way. I am not sure what responsibility if it is settle out of court. So it is best for both parties not to negotiate in private.

Catchy is said to have returned the master tapes to Andy.

On the rumor that he will joint hand with Peter Lam to set up a record co, Andy denied, "I say again from now onwards I will not co invest with anyone. I don't wish to find troubles. I don't wish to be played by others with my trust in them. It is not worth it."

Has there been co wishing to sign him? "More or less there are , but wait till the matter with Catchy is clear. I wont because of album release blindly sign up with anyone. I will look for the right direction. (Will it affect the date of album release ?) I don't care so much."

Andy had hair extensions done again for the retakes of Jiang Hu. Jacky who has not yet removed the extensions laughed at him. He said actually it was because he had to try out the screen look of Johnnie To's movie that he did so. He has not seen Sammi yet. They need not to act together all the time in this mind pitting movie.

On Brad Pitt playing Ming in the remake of IA, Andy feels Brad Pitt is the best candidate, he will support the movie if it is shown in HK but he wont pay the set a visit in Hollywood. He wont give any ideas as views of foreigners & Hongkongers are different after all. The Chinese thinks Ming is bad, but under lay of America, he is a good guy.

SOURCE: OD
TITLE: ANDY ERIC & JACKY REPRISED ROLES IN INFERNAL AFFAIRS

23rd HKFA had filmed a promotional video recently. Many actors under the call of the chairman responded with zest. The final work is underway & it will be shown in the major cinemas soon.

Under the directorship of Alan Mak, Andy & Eric held court by reprising roles of Ming & Sam, while Jacky who is nominated took Tony's place to play Yan. In a minute show, they pitted acting skills.

The scene being played was at the cinema when Ming & Yan met. Andy said 'I can see you here every time.' Yan replied, 'Now the cinema is so quiet, there is no one watching movie.' Jacky appeared & said, 'A good movie is sure to have audience.' The cinema then became filled with audience. The director is v satisfied with the effect, hardly can see so many actors watching movie together.


DATE: 4 MAR 04
SOURCE: NEXT MAGAZINE # 730
TITLE: CATCHY ACTIVELY SEEKING SETTLEMENY, ANDY REMAINS FIRM.

Andy has been embroiled in court cases one after another these few years. Since after the separation from CCT in 02 he was involved in another case with Catchy early this year. Catchy had sued him for holding concerts without informing Catchy, directly or indirectly managing Catchy business. Andy's father Lau Li & Yu Lor counter-sued Catchy for a unpaid debt of 1.2 mil, with interest added will be more than 2 mil.

But Catchy seems to have softened recently. It has actively sought a settlement. In contrast, Andy who is planning to set up music co with Peter Lam remains firm, he is determined to go to court to seek justice.

Sources disclosed that since middle of Feb Catchy had asked many persons to contact Andy, trying to persuade him to withdraw the charges. On the injunction order by Andy to stop Catchy from releasing the album for infringing copyright, & to hand over the master tapes, Catchy had on 2 occasions last week, sent someone to Andy's office in Kwun Tong, actively returned the first batch of master tapes. A few days later Catchy contacted Andy's lawyer & arranged for the 2nd batch to be taken back from catchy office.

Andy was in good mood , at the HK Artiste Guild, he sang & danced with Jacky.

Catchy has at the same time returns to Andy's father & Yu Lor co the debt to show sincerity.

Accordingly, Catchy has agreed to settle with Andy because it is worried abt the large legal fee if it loses the case & had got news that Peter Lam is joining hands with Andy to set up a record co, so thinking that Andy will agree to a out of court settlement to avoid court hearing.

But you are in a hurry I am not. Andy refuses to reconcile. He is determined to go to court to seek justice.

When Andy's manager was contacted, he refused to answer. he said it is in the hands of the lawyers, not convenient to talk. As to any assumption on the setting up of music co, it will only be after the case.

SOURCE: SING TAO/HKCD
TITLE: EDISON SACRIFICES FOR JIANG HU

Earlier on Eric revealed that there will be a gruesome love scene in Jiang Hu. The one playing is Edison!

2 nights ago Edison was filming a fighting scene in Mandarin Hotel. He disclosed that the scene will be the greatest challenge since he joined the circle. He said he will try his best to act well , as there is much to be seen. The director said it is a best scene in HK movies ! He is not worried that his image will be affected, as it is only acting. He has asked the director to film it last, so he can concentrate. he insisted on keeping it under wraps. Not even the gender of the opposite star. Will be it classified as R rated? He hopes the director will snip off the R rated part. He denied it is with Shawn, the co star is v special , involving a big group of people! The movie co used a black cloth to seal up the location to avoid exposure.

SOURCE: MING PAO

Hollywood is filming IA soon. Andrew Lau who is presently in America meeting up with the movie producer. He mused that he wont mind even be a tea lady for the set .


DATE: 3 3 04
SOURCE: ORIENTAL DAILY/THE SUN/MING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/SING TAO/WEN WEI PO/HKCD
TITLE: ANDY & CHANG YIMOU APPRECIATE ONE ANOTHER

The movie directed by Chang Yimou, All Round Ambush, will be taking part in Cannes FF. Andy who played a role, when asked if he will be named Best Actor with the movie, said he is taking it easy. But he & Chang had made a pack to work together again in future!

He added if the movie is nominated, he will go to Cannes to support.

Towards the end of filming, Chang's mother paid a visit to the set one day & had a photo taken with them. Chang presented a copy to Andy later, on it he wrote, 'Hua Zai, it is my honor to work with you, you are the best actor, good in acting! Good in person! See you in the next movie!' Andy was v touched, he replied with a photo & wrote, 'It is my good fortune working with you!'

He said, "Working with Chang is really my good fortune. If he were to ask me again, I will sure agree! If he forgets abt me, I will bring the photo with 'See u in the next movie' to threatened him, haha~!"

It was said Stephen Chow's Gongfu slated for release in summer is now pushed to Xmas, to avoid clashing with All Round Ambush. But the spokesperson denied.

Andy is glad that he has chance to work with famous director from Mainland this yr, he will work with Fong Xiao Gang later in a movie as a thief. Yesterday he had screen look tested out for a new movie to be directed by Johnnie To , co acting with Sammi.

Andy had filmed a new series of summer commercial for Baleno. He had his hair tainted golden. When said he has endorsed the product for 5 yrs, he quipped it is actually 7 yrs, as he had endorsed Baleno when he was with TVB, they collaborate again after 10 yrs !

He does not mind being the spokesman for life. If their business is booming every yr, & his fee increases yearly, there is no harm in being its spokesman for life!

TITLE: LEONARDO VERSES BRAD PITT IN IA

HK movie Infernal Affairs was a smash hit in Asia. Hollywood Warner Bros had bought its copyright end of 02 to film a remake. After the preliminary work, the initial step is said to be Martin Scorsese as director, Brad Pitt the producer, with Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt as the male leads!

It is rumored DiCaprio will reprise Tony's role, while Brad in Andy's role.

Alan Mak when contacted commented the cast is terrific, they respect the 2 directors Andrew & Alan a lot, they will send the script over for them to see & seek their opinion. He hopes to pay the set a visit during filming & attend the premiere !


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SOURCE: SYDDEN WEEKLY #448
TITLE: JACKY APPEARED ENTERTAINING AFTER ISOLATING HIMSELF

A man after 40 once retreat is hard to move forward. Jacky Cheung shd have known this. In filming Jiang Hu, he who is used to the relaxed life, kept complaining, "V tough, not used to it !"

In filming, he had to face others who are all 40 yr-old but still full of energy, & Andy who is high-profiled being swamped around by fans. One can imagine the amt of stress he faced. So the only way out is to run! But later he chose to come out to clarify the rumor surrounding his marriage & for once he became the center of the media!

…. Andy who is used to be the center of the media, caught hold of the workers, even Xu Shao Jiang who belonged to the previous generation to chat. The only time Andy was under the spotlight was when he was asked if Jacky told him abt family woes. Andy replied that they do not talk abt family, they work once they get here.

A few nights ago, on 20th, after shooting a fighting scene, the workers handed Jacky towels & hot ginger tea, but he was still shivering under the towel & needed a hot cup noodle. When asked if he was ok, he said he was ok & could bear with it. But he rushed to the nanny car to keep warm. After every take, he was like a balloon leaking air.

He hid in the car, but he could see Andy who was equally wet, still as energetic as a tiger, after using his won towel to dry himself on the body & head, he stepped to shook away water, was found chit-chatting with the workers, reporters, fans, event the temp actors, creating jokes to amuse himself & others.

Whose acting is better, the result will be out in 2 mths time @ the HKFA, both claimed to be pals, as to who has more influence, at the location it became evident.

After every take, the 2 Kings will go to a 5X6 ' tent to rest. When both sat down, Andy looking a the playback was at the same time & chatting with the crew. Jacky was quiet, at that narrow space, no 2 voice is allowed. Jacky after a few words, went back to nany car to rest, Andy alone chaired the show.

Andy knows how to take care of himself, he used the towel to wrap around his head, sat down to do stretching, & poured out the water in his leather shoes. He mused, "Do I look like an ancient cop ?" He entertained himself & others in the hard moment.

SOURCE: 3 WEEKLY #229
TITLE: JACKY IS JEALOUS OF ANDY

Jiang Hu is teaming with news since the beginning of filming, it is mainly on the actors, who & who were vying to act the role so as the get awards. The writer had heard a lot, but most can be put aside, except the one on Jacky.

The writer is worried that Jacky has the will but lacks the energy. When the writer paid a visit at night, she saw he was trying so hard to enliven the role of Asian Big Boss, but when abt to be on the set fighting, he was clumsy & NG many times. he was unhappy, in addition to the rumor that his marriage was on the rocks.

In contrast, Andy who also needed to fight , had fulfilled all the demands from the director. Though he didn't behave like that, there was rumor that Jacky is v worried Andy will steal the show, so he became more & more absent-minded in filming.


ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY 3 WEEKLY

The report on 3 Weekly issue #227 saying Andy was facing bankruptcy, if has directly or indirectly resulted in negative effect or harm, the Weekly hereby apologizes to Mr Andy Lau. Here is wishing him reaching another peak in his career.

DATE: 29 FEB 04
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/SING TAO/WEN WEI PO
TITLE: ALAN MAK FILMED VIDEO CLIP TO PROMOTE HKFA

2 nights ago, Alan Mak filmed a short 3-min promotional video clip for 23rd HKFA which will be held on April 4. Filming started from 12 midnight to early morning at a cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui. 40 actors, including Andy, Eric, Jacky, Simon, Mirium, Daniel Ng, Lin Jia Xin, Lau Qing Qan, Josie Ho, Shawn etc, volunteered to act without a fee. The short clip had IA as theme, only Andy, Eric & Jacky had chance to talk, the others acted as spectators. Despite this, they did not mind at all.

Jacky disclosed that he was picked after Tony had no time to come. He did not mind being the reserve.

Andy was the most punctual, he was the first to arrive. He was in smart suits as in IA. After he had his hair extensions removed, & had his hair waxed, he looks v bright & cheerful. When told the director was filming the feel of IA, he quipped, "If not he wont ask me!"

When asked if the short clip with IA as background is Alan trying to pull votes? He laughed heartily & went to the cinema, without answering. Alan replied that they shd not say like that, the story was made with another person to inspire the audience to go into cinema.

ANDY ACCEPTED APOLOGY FROM 3 WEEKLY

In protest to the false report from 3 Weekly saying he was facing bankruptcy, Andy had taken legal action. The Weekly had admitted its mistake & put up an apology announcement. Through his co, Andy indicated that media & artiste work together closely, each shd respect one another. Since the maz had admitted the mistake, the co would not pursue the matter any further.

ANDYS APPERANCE OVERSHADOWED THE HOST

2 nights ago Andy was guest of Jordan Chans concert. While Jordan & 2 other singers were singing & dancing, the music changed suddenly to I Hate I Am Lovelorn , with Andy appearing on stage. The audience were v surprised, all of a sudden they screamed & surged to the stage, this made Andy the center of spotlight, the atmosphere reached a climax. Jordan danced as backdrop. Andy sang & shook hands with the audience, stealing all the show.


DATE: 28 FEB 04
SOURCE:APPLE DAILY/OD/MING PAO/SING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/SING TAO/HKCD/THE SUN
TITLE: THE DIRECTOR IS FIERCE

Shooting of Jiang Hu is in full swing these days. 2 nights ago Eric was at North Point filming a car racing scene. He revealed the movie will wrap up in another 10 days. The parts starring Andy & Jacky had been completed. They are now filming roles played by Edison & Shawn.

Andy was interviewed by Chapman To at CR station 2 nights ago. He disclosed the director Wang Jing Pu & scriptwriter are both v young , in their 20s. The young director Wang is v fierce sometimes. He can yell at the actors, even at Andy & Eric. When Eric gave him ideas, he told him off, "Alright! You go out first !"

In another when the scene was to be taken from 3 angles, Andy gave him ideas, he instructed the half-boss Andy, "OK! You go upstairs & tell the crew what to do!"

Eric indicated Wang is v talented, he has the asset to behave thus. He has character. He chided Andy for telling the secret.

He added the scriptwriter added a scene that was hard to be accepted by the actors.

The combination of a young director & young scriptwriter is to understand the youngsters bearings, if these youngsters are so brave, what is it for them to be afraid of ?

As to what the storyline is, Eric said he can only say there is blood, violence & lust. He cannot tell as filming is still on.

He is busy meeting the film dealers as many want to buy Jiang Hu. But the deal is not done yet, the highest bid will get it. He believes the movie will be a representative HK movie for 2004 to the foreigners.

Eric is planning 2 charity concerts @ Shou Zhou & Yi Wu. Andy, Kelly, Jacky are representative from HK. Proceeds will be donated to Ko Shou Liang Charity Fund.

ANDY WROTE CALLIGRAPHY FOR XIAO SHENG

The renown TV serial producer of the 80s & 90s Xiao Sheng who had produced many classics such as The Condor Heroes, has decided to retired completely at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. His student held a 7-table dinner for him 2 nights ago. The 5 tigers of yesteryears including Andy, Felix Wang attended.

The guests gave him red packets mostly, except for Andy, who wrote calligraphy for him: Great Stars are Created for You. He explained that Uncle has really created many great stars, including the 5 tigers. His first collaboration with him was The Condor heroes. Because he allowed Andy to sing the theme song, the record co then called him to produce album ! Andy said the difference between sword fighting movies before & now is they stress more on special effect & actions nowadays, lacking the inner feeling.


DATE: 27 FEB 04
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/OD/MING PAO/WEN WEI PO/TA KUNG PAO/SING TAO/HKCD
TITLE: NOMINATED AS BEST ACTOR WITH RUNNING ON KARMA & IA3

The 9th Golden Bauhinia Awards announced its nominations yesterday. Andy Lau with movies Runnning On karma & IA3 is twice nominated in the Best Actor category.

Of the 8 categories announced, IA2 received 8 nominations. PTU has 7, while ROK has 4.

On the nods, Andy quipped that now he has one more chance. Which one he prefers to get ? He describe it is like fish & bear's paw. In ROK it was v tough for him, but in IA3, all are Best Actors, being picked among them is an honor. If he wins he has great sense of achievement. It is v hard to choose. He is also v concerned that Chang Yao Hui is nominated in Best Supporting Actor category, he hopes Chang can get.

Anthony Wong gets the nomination for Best Actor for his role in IA2. He is happy but he see Andy & Jacky are 2 likely hot contenders. Johnnie To is happy with the nomination in Best Director category, but he is most happy for Andy & Simon , he knows the actors put in a lot during filming, he hopes they can get the award !

As ambassador of Whale Protection Foundation for the past 9 years, he was at the Ocean Park for an activity yesterday. He received a check presented by Ocean Park.

He had hair extensions done earlier on for Jiang Hu. 2 days ago after filming he went to the saloon wanting to have all of them removed. The saloon was not open as it was too early. He took them off himself, taking 4 hrs .

He was back to his short hair yesterday. He went in to the water to get close to one of the dolphins, Mini.

When he was in the pool, Mini knowingly swam close to him. When Andy hugged her to take photo she did not protest. Andy stole a kiss from Mini.

Those who donates to the Foundation has a chance to pat them, only Andy can have the kiss. On the smooch, Andy said it tasted fishy. He claimed her kiss is only for him. He brushed his teeth beforehand.

Lately there are people who poaches on whales & related sea animals to eat. Frowning, he said, "Those who eat them have to reflect on themselves, one shd not eat just because it is introduced. The poachers shd be shot dead. We shd conserve the environment."

When told in Mainland the rats were killed & served as pigeons, he who has rat phobia, shuddered, & yelled, "Enough…don't say any more !"


9th Golden Bauhinia Awards nominations

Annual Golden Bauhinia Awards will be held on March 28, Sunday, 7:30 pm at the HK Art center.

The nominees are:
Best Film --- Running On Karma, Lost In Time, IA2, PTU, IA3
Best Director—directors from IA3, IA2, PTU, ROK
Best Screenplay---ROK, IA2, PTU, Color of the Truth, 6th Floor
Best Actor---Andy Lau ( ROK), Andy Lau (IA3), Anthony Wong (IA3), Jacky Cheung ( Golden Chick 2), Simon Yam (PTU) & others


handsome pony-tailed award winner

DATE: 26 FEB 04
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/SING PAO/SING TAO/MING PAO/TA KUNG PAO/WEN WEI PO/HKCD/OD
TITLE: ANDY DENIED JACKY COMPLAINED TO HIM ABOUT HIS FAMILY. ALAN--- WOULD NEVER MAKE USE OF JACKY AS PROMOTION

2 nights ago Jiang Hu was shooting at Western District High Street Ghost House. A praying session was held before the shooting. Actors present were Andy, Jacky, Eric, Shawn & others. Producer Alan Tam & Miao Qiao Wei paid a visit.

Andy was asked if he has made any preparation before entering the House. He said he had prayed, there is don't need any other thing. He added Alan is usually disliked by the spirits so they are safe.

Andy did not see anything weird, but he will not walk abt in the House. He mused that when Miao Qiao Wei came, he wanted to watch football & asked if the old man had TV. The guard said there is only closed circuit TV. When he asked if there was TV upstairs, but dared not go up at the end, saying upstairs is complicated.

Andy said he always heard the old man saying "Come in!". He thought it was really weird, but later he learned that it was the guard who asked the driver to drive the car in !

Alan when arrived called out ‘wan shui’ & bought food for the crew. When asked if he will act in a cameo role? He said he wont.

A Weekly reported that the marriage of Jacky Cheung was on the rocks, & he complained to Andy. Jacky was furious with the media who had tailed his daughter to the school. He wishes they would stop bothering his wife & daughter.

Alan said the rumor is absolutely untrue, & added he would never use such a method to promote the movie.

Alan had designed from the post of chairman of StarEast, is he still involved with the running of the co? He opened his shirt showing the reporter the logo of StarEast & mused that he still has the blood of StarEast.

Andy denied Jacky had complained to him abt his family, said, "Jacky has never complained to me, we never talk abt family. Don't write nonsense. The maz said I was bankrupt before, it affected only me, now it affects 3 persons." It was said he in Jiang Hu was to outdo LL. He said since the Weekly is so sure themselves, they shd then ask why LL is not in ?

Eric does not believe the rumor on Jacky, it is the first time he sees Jacky so unhappy.